Hate crime act's sparse use called 'absolute travesty'
By Jeorge Zarazuajzarazua@express-news.net
The group claims that few reported hate crimes are prosecuted under a law enacted following the brutal murder.
“The Attorney General's Office does not have jurisdiction to intervene in these types of cases without a request from the local prosecutor,” Strickland said.
“It comes back to what we would hope, and that is that the Attorney General's Office live up to the act's intended purpose,” Smith said.
“The statute for reporting is very, very broad, and that makes a huge difference,” Kepple said.
“You can see, there is a lot of circumstances where the hate crime enhancement is not really helpful,” he said.
Byrd, who was black, was dragged behind a truck on Huff Creek Road near Jasper on June 7, 1998. Three white men were convicted of his murder.